The Taekwondo WT Academy
of the Kyrgyz Republic

Equipment

Basic equipment for taekwondo (WT):

 

Dobok

It consists of trousers, outerwear and belt. It has a division into “children’s” (with a black-and-red neckline) and an adult (with a black neckline). The color of Dobok is white. Dobok is one of the elements of sports equipment, which is included in the compulsory list for taekwondo classes. In Taekwondo, the dobok is not just clothing for training, but also a mandatory official form for participating in championships and competitions of various levels. A dobok that meets the standards of the World Taekwondo Federation is an obligatory requirement for participation in competitions. In a sport like taekwondo, there are several requirements for the equipment. So, the jacket should be spacious, so as not to impede the movements of the athlete, and long enough to cover the hips. In accordance with official requirements, sleeves of the dobok should cover the wrist by three centimetres and be sufficiently spacious, because additional protective pads and gloves is usually put on under the jacket. The same goes for trousers – they should be long enough and loose, in order to put the shields on the shins.

 

Belt

Belts are divided into colours from white to black. The colour of the belt determines the level of training (classification) of the athlete (KYP, POOM or DAN).

 

Helmet

It serves to protect the head of the Taekwondo (WT) athlete in training and competitions. The basic colours of helmets for Taekwondo (WT) is white, blue and red. The most common colour is white. It is used both in training and in amateur competitions.

In September 2013, there was a presentation of the Daedo’s electronic Taekwondo helmet. Accordingly, now, a sensory (electronic) helmet is used in categorical competitions. It does not make any sense to buy it for the personal use.

 

Shoes

Sports shoes for exercise rooms. It is part of the sports equipment of the Taekwondo (WT) athlete. In addition, sometimes, they are used in training.

The main requirements imposed on them: high tenacity and wear resistance of the upper (impact loads), reinforced toe and heel, as well as some “slippery” soles (points of rotation).

 

Mouth Guard

It is designed to protect the teeth of an athlete in the event of a taken hit in the face by the opponent. There are single mouth guards (to protect the upper row of teeth, the most common) and double mouth guards (respectively, full protection).

 

Protector (vest)

It is designed to protect the body of an athlete in contact training and competitions. The protector is divided into two-sided (one side is of red colour, the other – of blue colour) and one-sided (red or blue) protectors. For convenience, first of all, for children’s convenience, Adidas, for example, produces a special children’s model of a protector, which differs from the adult’s model mainly by the easy way of fixing the protector (see the photo).

Also, the protectors (vests) can be “ordinary” and electronic (sensory). Electronic vests are used in competitions. For the use in training, there are so-called “thickened vests”. Such a protector has enhanced protection due to the thicker EVA layer (up to 5mm).

 

Arm protector (elbow pad)

They are used to protect the arms (the elbow part) when exposing the blocks from the opponent’s blows. Shields for arms and feet are standard and reinforced, which are distinguished by the presence of additional protection of the elbow joint.

 

Gloves

Gloves serve to protect the hands and fingers of an athlete from damage during impact contact.

 

Bandage

Designed to protect the inguinal area of the athlete from shock loads. Bandage can be male and female.

 

Foot protection (shields)

Shields are designed to protect the lower legs from shocks and blocks. Leg protection can be standard, and it can also be combined (strengthened), with additional protection of the knee or ankle.

 

Foots

They are used to protect feet when performing strokes and blocks. The foots can be “ordinary” and electronic (sensory).

 

What else an athlete needs:

 

Bag or backpack

An important point: an athlete needs to know whether he/she needs to carry a protector with him/her for training sessions. If yes, then it is necessary to select a bag or a backpack taking into account the fact that it should fit: protector, dobok, belt, protective equipment (shields, helmet, gloves, foot, bandage, mouth guards), possibly also shoes or slides. Why slides? It is convenient to move around the room wearing them and having foots already on your feet (obviously, it is no longer possible to put on the shoes with the foots on). If you do not need to carry a protector with you, then a bag or a backpack of smaller sizes (M or S) is quite suitable.

 

Slides

They were mentioned above, as a necessary thing for “moving around the room,” especially with foots on. An important point: slides with a jumper between the fingers (the so-called “flip flops”) will not work, because your foot will not fit in them with the foots on.

 

A bottle of water

Firstly, it must necessarily be at the competitions, and secondly, after intensive training, “there are very thirst torments”. And, public water might not always be there and not available everywhere.

 

Racket or claw, pillow

They are called in different ways, for me “a racket” is closer in meaning due to visual similarity. It serves to work out strokes with a partner or, as often happens with beginners, with one of the parents. It can be single and double. Functionally, there is no difference. There is a sound difference – a double makes a “loud clapping” when hitting, fixing the moment of contact aurally. There are different sizes, from children’s S to large L. In small rackets, there is a smaller “platter”, which, accordingly, is harder to hit, and, importantly, and shorter handle, which can lead to periodic injuries to the hand that holds this racket (athletes sometimes miss hitting them …). Usually sportsmen choose a medium sized racket (M). Considering the fact that it “lives” for a long time, there is not much point in taking a small racket, because It is likely to quickly become a beautiful accessory … Well, of course, you need to keep its size in mind for understanding which bag it will be carried in (it will fit, or it will have to be “pinned” somehow from above).

 

Leg simulator – expander

It is very necessary for “swinging” the muscles of the waist region and legs. It is good that exercises using it can be performed at home, so to speak, without waiting for training, it gives excellent results in a reasonably short time.

 

Non-elastic tape

A roll of tape will always come in handy. Unlike medical plaster, it does not leave traces and is hypoallergenic. It will help fix a damaged (bruised) place.